Oct 21, 2013


Happy Monday you'll! WELCOME! I hope you had a blessed weekend and are ready for the week. Let's clear our minds and hearts and be accepting and loving of all that comes our way! And remember one of my favorite quotes from the book The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, "...act the way you want to feel..". If you want to be happy and productive act happy and productive. Easy, right? Sure it is. And remember I'm always here if you need support or love.

Okay, moving on to the topic! A DIGITAL START TO PL!

If you have never even heard of Photoshop don't worry. Hopefully with these tips and links you'll be a PS hero in no time at all. PS is a photo editing/creating software from Adobe. It's been around for a long time and really comes in use for digital art. If you don't have a version of PS you can download a free 30 day trail of the latest PS here. Now I'm not going to sit here and try to explain every little thing about PS, as we would be here a month of Sundays {and I only know enough to get by ;)}, but I do want to share a few links and tips that I have found invaluable.

OPEN A  12 x 12 LAYOUT

PSE 10 {Photoshop Elements 10, what I use) as well as most PS programs have a preset for scrapbooking layouts. Yay! With these sizes:
  • 6 x 6
  • 8 x 8 
  • 12 x 12

By selecting this it will automatically open a new project at the selected size in the correct resolution for printing. EASY enough!

When starting a digital PL or even a regular ol' scrapbook layout a good place to start is with a template. Now if you are PS savvy you can create your own. Or there are several sites that offer them for a fee, like the official DIGITAL PROJECT LIFE site by Becky Higgins,  and some sites and blogs that offer them for free.I have included my first one here

Now granted it's my very first PL template but so far it's worked pretty well. And it's hardly anything compared to these free sets by some gracious bloggers...

These ladies are so awesome to share their creations and layouts! I'm so excited to try them out and to read their amazing blogs! SO MUCH INSPIRATION! 

And if you don't know much about using templates, layers, and/or clipping here are a couple links that I found helpful. Click the images to be directed.

So hopefully with these templates and links you'll be able to learn and create all the PL layouts you want to. I'm not going to pretend I'm some great digital scrapper but I did want to share those few things. I hope you can use them well. And don't forget to check out the blogs behind the free template links. These girls work endlessly to help those of us that need some inspiration and guidance. 

Know of some great sites, links, freebies, or tutorials? If so please share in the comments. If you're are a blogger or designer and you would like to contribute something for all of us to use please email me here.I would love to showcase your talent and ideas.

That's it for now. Remember have a great day! BE HAPPY! BE PRODUCTIVE! 




  1. "he Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, "...act the way you want to feel..". Love Gretchen and her book! I appreciate your productivity so I can act on my creativity! Thank you!

  2. Thanks for the shout out and the link to my little blog. Fun to discover site.


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